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Kansas On Two Wheels: Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Cassoday Kansas:  known as the "Prairie Chicken Capitol of the World", this Butler County town is home to about 125 souls.  From April to October each year, the first Sunday of the month, the town's population explodes as bikers pull in to enjoy the Cassoday Bike Run.  Started back in 1991 by a couple of bikers that asked the café owner if she would open up on Sunday morning once in a while for bikers cruising along the Flint Hills Byway (Hwy 177), this monthly event has grown each year.  Thousands of bikers show up for food, friends and entertainmen each month.  Located at the south end of the Flint Hills Byway, the Cassoday Bike Run is a terrific way to start your day on the Byway. 

Posted on August 15, 2013 8:05AM by Sarah Larison

Kansas On Two Wheels: Route 66

The Mother Road....Mater, Lightning, Sarge and Flo....the Will Rogers Highway....whatever brings this road to mind, Route 66 is an iconic highway that travels from Chicago to Los Angeles. Once the major thoroughfare that connected much of our country, this two-lane road has turned into a destination rather than a way to get to the next stop. 

Posted on July 30, 2013 2:46PM by Sarah Larison

Kansas On Two Wheels: Post Rock Scenic Byway

As one travels along Interstate 70 through Kansas, there is a stretch of highway that passes through farm ground fenced in by barbed wire and rock fence posts.  These yellow-white fence posts are all fairly uniform in shape and size.  To some, they may harken back to another time when rock was used to build barns, homes and fences.  To others, they signal the area known as "Post Rock Country".  Settled by Bohemians from Europe, this area is rich in limestone, fertile soil and the history of our Kansas ancestry.

Posted on July 5, 2013 8:42AM by Sarah Larison

Kansas on Two Wheels: Western Vistas Historic Byway

There will be that place in a ride that you feel the pull to stop.  Pull over to the side of the highway.  Soak in every sight, sound, smell around you because it's just so....much.  More than once along the Western Vistas Historic Byway, this had to happen in order to take it all in and not miss a drop, to revel in the awe of the moment.  

Posted on June 18, 2013 1:00PM by Sarah Larison

Kansas on Two Wheels: Prairie Trail Scenic Byway

Mother Nature continues to amaze us with her timing.  There have been some absolutely beautiful days, perfect times for wind therapy on the Wide Glide. Ironically, they have been during the work week when cruising a byway isn't really possible due to those day jobs that we need to keep the lights on.

Posted on May 30, 2013 7:29AM by Sarah Larison

Kansas on Two Wheels: Glacial Hills Scenic Byway

There are things in life that should not be rushed…the aging process of a fine wine or scotch, watching a sunset, and riding the Kansas Byways are all on my list of experiences to enjoy without being rushed. Spring of 2013 in Kansas has been tumultuous as best. We’ve seen many cool days, much needed rain and record setting snow in early May. Mother Nature has saved her best days for mid-week when two working parents have a tough time getting away to play on the Wide Glide. All this has added up to a 63-mile journey over a two-day period. The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway is nearly in our backyard, seemingly short and easy to both plan and execute. However, just to get there and home adds another 140 miles, making it a much longer journey, one that we just couldn’t do in an evening and still take in the entire experience without feeling rushed. Being on a bike isn’t about the destination so much as it is the journey along the way. 

Posted on May 14, 2013 9:02AM by Sarah Larison

Kansas on Two Wheels: Gypsum Hills Byway

Stretching from Medicine Lodge to Coldwater, the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is a 42 mile journey.  I've been fortunate through family trips and professional excursions to travel through a great deal of Kansas counties, up and down the highways and byways.  However, this particular stretch of road was one I had yet to encounter.  Coming from northeast Kansas, we decided to trailer the bike down.  The trick with that is finding a good place to park the truck and trailer while we were out exploring.  The folks at the Wright's Truck Stop in Medicine Lodge are used to having vehicles parked there for long stretches of time and were very accommodating. 

Posted on April 30, 2013 2:41PM by Sarah Larison


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